EPA: US Climate Plan Also Addressing Agricultural Methane Emissions
The Obama administration’s Climate Action Plan will target reducing methane emissions not only from the oil and gas industry but also from agriculture as well.
Results of a recently published study indicate that farming, not hydraulic fracturing, was behind the rise of methane emissions since 2007.
Agricultural activity in the United States accounts for about one-quarter of total US methane emissions, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said. According to the EPA’s website, methane emissions from natural gas and petroleum systems account for 29% of US methane emissions.
Reducing methane is a key component of the president’s Climate Action Plan, and biogas recovery, including anaerobic digestion for livestock manure, plays an important role in the plan’s strategy to reduce methane emissions, the EPA said.